I love how unique the plot and setting are. Rarely does an author focus on the elderly and make it fraught with hope and adventure ... human and real. The limits of these protagonists are not overstretched --- they definitely do not have the physical capabilities of youth. Brooke Fossey does an absolutely phenomenal job in depicting what it truly means to be old. It is clear that she did extensive research to capture the voice and heart of Duffy and his fellow residents, along with the small details, fears, regrets and activities of the elderly. Reading about death from Duffy’s perspective is so fascinating and eye-opening ... Another aspect of the book that I especially admired is the foreshadowing. Some secrets about the characters are hinted at, and Fossey has mastered the art of dramatic irony in a number of scenes. Situations arise that have a reasonable explanation, though at first glance onlookers may jump to conclusions. These funny scenes add a brevity that complement the positive tone throughout ... made me cry. Twice. This poignant story reinforces the reality that old people are still full of life and vigor, even if they are in an assisted living facility. They are human. They aren’t old dogs and can learn new tricks. Though they may not be strong in body, they are resolute in their beliefs and values ... Overall, this is a wonderful novel, sure to melt even the coldest of hearts. The Big Finish is just the beginning of Fossey’s writing career, and I sincerely cannot wait to see what new stories she has in store for us.
This humorous, wise novel...is a terrific madcap, covert caper involving plenty of honorable high jinks that will endear Centennial’s ragtag golden-agers to readers. The antics are enhanced by Southern vernacular and slang in this warm, life-affirming tale that highlights the importance of finding family where you can. ... Fans of Kathleen Rooney’s Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk and Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will appreciate this delightful romp. Fossey’s debut is destined to become a book club favorite.
... a sense of community...in spades ... [an] irrespressible protagonist ... a balm, offering an expansive sense of love and possibility at a time when the main characters feel like those chances are gone.
... an affirming mixture of pathos and zingers, memories and regrets, all told in the wiseacre voice of Duffy Sinclair ... Fossey paints a vividly affecting and melancholy portrait of how we age in today’s America ... both warms and breaks our hearts.
Fossey’s debut is a warm and deeply funny look at the lives of two seniors who learn it is never too late to grow old with style. Filled with rich, pitch-perfect dialogue, this is a sweet story of people finding meaning and creating family in the places they least expected.
Duffy is cantankerous, gruff, and occasionally unkind, but his head is always an entertaining place to be. It’s clear that he cares deeply about his friends and fellow Centennial residents, and it’s impossible not to root for him. Fossey manages to depict the struggles of the elderly, whose concerns aren’t often examined in fiction, in a way that’s both respectful and entertaining. A moving, funny, and ultimately hopeful look at what makes life meaningful.
... delightful ... The two men’s efforts to keep Josie’s presence in their room on the down low (and keep Josie’s abusive ex at bay) make for a sparkling, well-plotted treat ... Fossey’s portrayal of Josie’s alcohol addiction and her efforts to recover draw sympathy, along with Duffy’s hard-won, sometimes white-knuckle sobriety. A completely logical yet somehow unexpected ending will leave readers smiling—and looking forward to Fossey’s next effort.